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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 12, 2012 12:30am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

I bet some of you were surprised when I started mentioning the Library of Congress has classic TV kinescopes. (as I've mentioned before, this list might be incomplete, as the Library of Congress some time ago acquired the contents of a Chicago archive, which included some very rare kinscopes. These aren't listed on their site yet (I know some of the kinescopes include episodes of "The Arthur Murray Party" from various networks, two 1949 episodes of ABC's "Fashions on Parade", and some fragments from DuMont's "Star Time". 1950s dancing, 1940s fashions, and Bickersons sketches.....now THAT is worth preserving!)

Here's a list of NBC episodes they have from 1950!
"Kraft Television Theatre" - 12 episodes (anthology)
"Armstrong Circle Theatre" - 1 episode (anthology)
"Today with Mrs Roosevelt" - 16 episodes (discussion/public affairs)
"Mrs. Roosevelt Meets the Public" - 10 episodes (discussion/public affairs)
"Robert Montgomery Presents" - 2 episodes (anthology)
"NBC Opera Theater" - 6 episodes (anthology)
"American Forum of the Air" - 8 episodes (one of which discusses sex education in schools!!) (discussion/public affairs)
"Broadway Open House" - 6 episodes (variety)
"4-Star Revue" - 2 episodes (variety)
"The Black Robe" - 1 episode (drama)
"Chevrolet Tele-Theatre" - 1 episode (anthology)
"Saturday Night Revue. Your Show of Shows" - 20 episodes (variety)
"Your Show of Shows" - 1 episode (variety)
"Philco Television Playhouse" - 4 episodes (anthology)

If you really want to know, here are the episode titles of the anthology series:

Kraft Television Theatre:
Macbeth
Windows
The first Mrs. Fraser
Rip Van Winkle
Old lady Robbins
September Tide
The Wind is Ninety
Murder on the Nile
Last Stop
The Lucky Finger
January Thaw
A Doll's House

Armstrong Circle Theatre:
Give and Take


Robert Montgomery presents:
Phantom Lady
Pitfall

NBC Opera Theatre:
Scenes from Puccini's Madam Butterfly
Down in the Valley
Hansel and Gretel
Scenes from Bizet's Carmen
Tales of Hoffmann
The bat = Die Fledermaus

Chevrolet Tele-Theatre:
Midnight flight

Philco Television Playhouse:
The Gambler
Nocturne
Hometown
The Marriages


If anyone desires, I can repost this list with the exact air-date of every episode mentioned (that's a big job, so I need to know at least one person wants such a list before I do it)

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Poster: Dwight Frye Date: Jul 12, 2012 7:41pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

Hope that somewhere an episode or two of "Marshal of Gunsight Pass" survive.Was supposedly one of the most chintzy shows ever produced,kinda like the Captain Video of Western shows.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 12, 2012 9:45pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

Episodes do survive, as ABC seems to have kept some of them. Since ABC donated a large amount (all?) of the kinescopes they had to a film and television archive in the 70s or 80s (I forgot which decade), I can compile this list of surviving episodes from the website of that archive:
Ghost of Gunsight Pass (1950-09-09)
Ghost of Indian Creek (1950-06-18)
Placer gold (1950-04-28)
Arrow (1950-03-23)
Border bandit (1950-07-15)
Brass rainbow (1950-02-23)
Canyon kid (1950-06-10)
Frame-up (1950-05-05)
Marked tree plot (1950-07-27)
Silver ingots (1950-07-27)
Smoke signal (1950-07-23)
The Smugglers (1950-03-09)
The tenderfoot (1950-09-02)
Texas stranger (1950-08-19)
Tin horn Swindle (1950-08-05)
Triple Creek robbery (1950-05-29)

Note 1: I cannot understand the year-month-day date system
Note 2: I forgot to copy the "the" on many of the episode titles
Note 3: Some of the episodes (maybe all?) have the commercials for Kern Food Products intact.

I can only hope one of the PD-TV-On-DVD companies puts a few episodes on DVD.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2012-07-13 04:45:35

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Poster: Dwight Frye Date: Jul 14, 2012 5:39am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

That's good news,at least there's a glimmer of hope.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 14, 2012 8:30am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

Yes....as long as it exists, at least there's a chance someone might put it on DVD. Unlike with, say, "The Hazel Scott Show" which is completely lost and as such we will never be able to view it.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jul 12, 2012 2:45am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

Too bad that a lot of this stuff sets in these archives collecting dust and nobody gets to see them. What good is having these shows if they are just locked up in a vault? I don't get these people.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 12, 2012 3:45am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

Agreed.

There are between 40 and 50 surviving kinescopes from 1948....and we are only able to view about 4 of them (two 1948 episodes of "Howdy Doody" circulate on the collectors circuit such as Shokus Video; 1 episode of "Studio One" is on DVD; 1 episode of "The Gay Nineties Revue" can be viewed on the Museum of Broadcast Communications website and on here, though the file is pretty compressed).

I for one would love to view the surviving episodes of shows like "Kraft Televison Theatre", "The Swift Show" and "Photographic Horizons" and many others from that year.

Meanwhile, around 71 episodes of "The Morey Amsterdam Show" survive (1948-1950), only 3 of which circulate online, even though the whole series is public domain.

"Marge and Jeff", a failed sitcom from 1953-1954 that aired 5 nights a week for 15-minutes, is public domain and has around 30 surviving episodes. Was it a great series? Probably not. It may have been good, bad, or indifferent, but we'll never know.

"Admiral Broadway Revue" has between 16 and 18 surviving episodes (of the 19 produced). I bought a DVD with 8 episodes from ioffer hoping to upload them, but the DVD kept skipping, and the picture quality was very compressed.

"Autumn Affair", an Australian soap opera of the 1950s, has many surviving episodes. Do we ever get to see them? Nope.

Despite constant claims to the contrary, many episodes survive of "Your Show of Shows". They are so hard to find that most people presume they are lost.

"Cafe Continental" has 3 surviving episodes from 1950, and all are public domain under British copyright law. But we'll never get to see them, will we....

The oldest surviving examples of television sitcoms (an episode of "Mary Kay and Johnny" and a couple episodes of DuMont's "The Growing Paynes") can also be added to the list of things we'll never see.

"The Bobby Limb Show" was popular in Australia, some episodes survive and they are public domain. More stuff we'll never see.

They say 1953-1954 "Melody Street" is one of the worst series ever produced. But the two surviving episodes cannot be viewed, how can we know for sure?

At least four episodes survive of "The Jane Pickens Show", a 15-minute music series. Another show we'll never see, even though yet again it is public domain.

The first 10 minutes of KTLA's first broadcast (back in '47) survives. Never get to see that either.

The surviving fragment from 1947's "Variety in Sepia" can be viewed....as a very badly compressed YouTube video. Yuck.

Dozens and dozens of public domain episodes survive of "The Ruggles". All that circulates is a christmas episode.

How about ABC's "Let There be Stars" from 1949?

Also the surviving episodes of early childrens series "Lucky Pup" aka "Foodini the Great".

"Hit Parade", an Australian TV series of the 1950s, is yet another (some episodes survive, none of which we'll ever see).

Don't forgot a couple dozen episodes survive of the infamous "Twenty-One". Only a few circulate on the collectors circuit.



THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON!!

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Poster: YSOS Date: Jul 16, 2012 4:38pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress

I know there was at least one set of YSOS kinescopes that existed as of 1981. There were 158 kinescopes of the 160 shows produced. I worked for Max Liebman and catalogued them into storage after he died in 1981. I don't know their whereabouts today. I actually have 3 original Show of Shows kinescopes that can be viewed on my 16mm projector. I also have the original 1950 kinescope of Bob Hopes TV debut "Star Spangled Revue".

I also saved volumes of original YSOS artifacts such as original paperwork, photos, scripts and production notes.